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Humphery, Isobel (1914 - 1988)

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Born
1914
Died
19 August 1988
Occupation
Headmistress and Community worker

Summary

Isobel Humphery was three when her father was killed in France in 1917. She and her three elder siblings were educated with the help of the Soldiers' Children Education Scheme. Before marrying Ronald Humphery, at the outbreak of World War II, Isobel obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a Diploma of Education. She became a teacher and later a member of the Australian College of Education.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald Humphery was accidentally killed while serving in Borneo. Survived by his wife and five-month old son, Isobel returned to the teaching profession. She became headmistress of the Sydney Church of England Girls' Grammar School, Redlands, a position she held for 28 years until she retired.

Isobel became a foundation member of the War Widows' Guild ofNew South Wales and in 1947 accepted the appointment (in a voluntary capacity) to the State Board of the Soldiers' Children Education Scheme.

Isobel Humphery was the first person educated under the Board to become a member of the Board.

Sources used to compile this entry: Clark, Mavis Thorpe, No mean destiny : the story of the War Widows' Guild of Australia 1945-85, Hyland House, South Yarra, Vic., 1986, 288 pp; 'Australia Day honours', Canberra Times, 26 January 1987, page 6, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119477819.

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